Airplane Crash - Near Farnsborough, England 09/06/1952

Details of airplane crash/ shootdown - Near Farnsborough, England


Date09/06/1952
Time15:40
LocationNear Farnsborough, England
OperatorPrivate - de Havilland Aircraft
Typede Havilland 110
RegistrationWG235
Aboard1
Fatalities1
Ground52
SummaryOne of two engines of the aircraft fell into a crowd at a performance at the Farnborough air show. The aircraft crashed to the ground 1.5 miles from the grandstands killing the Chief test pilot of de Havilland Aircraft Corporation, John Derry and an observer, Tony Richards. In addition, fifty two people on the ground were killed and over 60 injured. The cause was a structural design fault in the D shaped leading edge section of the wing. When Derry pulled a high G turn, the wing buckled.

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